CalgaryCalgary is Alberta’s largest city, with a population of 1, 042, 982 (2008). Calgary is vastly known as a great place for enjoying winter sports, because it has some major mountain resorts near the city. In 1988, Calgary became the first Canadian city to host the Olympic Winter Games. Calgary is a city that is experiencing fast economic growth due largely to the petroleum industry, tourism, agriculture and more. Below we have listed some of the great attractions and events that Calgary has to offer.FESTIVALSThe Calgary Stampede
This show calls itself the Greatest Show in the World and it will not disappoint you. The stampede is a 10 day festival, exhibition and rodeo which is held annually from early to mid July. It is one of Canada’s largest annual events and is the largest outdoor rodeo in the world. The Lilac Festival
This is an annual street festival which celebrates the lilac flowers. It is a one day festival that features live entertainment in the form of street dancing and there are food, craft and entertainment stalls.The One Yellow Rabbit - High Performance Rodeo
The OYR challenges conventional theatrical genres in its festival of creative new performances. It is held annually each January. The High Performance Rodeo is Western Canada’s prime showcase for innovative new work.The Folk Music Festival
This is a festival which features over 60 different traditional/folk music artists, about half of which are proudly Canadian.For a complete list of all Calgary festivals click here.SHOPPINGCalgary Eaton Centre
This mall is an urban shopping centre located in Calgary’s downtown core. There are over 80 stores and services in the mall to serve you, and is anchored by high end tenants such as Holt Renfrew, Harry Rosen and soon a luxury clothier, Brook Brothers. The mall is currently undergoing expansion and renovations are scheduled to be completed in 2010.Chinook Centre
This mall is the largest and most visited mall in Calgary, situated right in the centre of city. It is home to several restaurants, three major department stores and over 200 other stores. It contains a bowling alley and the largest movie theatre in the city. Chinook Centre has the 3rd highest sales per sq. foot in all of Canada.Sunridge Mall
This ia a major shopping mall in Calgary, it holds the title of the leading shopping mall in the city’s northeast section. The mall recently underwent a $50 million dollar expansion and was redesigned to better accommodate traffic flow and to incorporate a central food court.
For more shopping centres in Calgary click here.RESTAURANTSChicago ChophouseThis is considered the city’s first "boutique" steakhouse and promises an exciting menu and an exceptional dining experience. Their main focus is on serious steaks and world class wines. It is situated in Calgary’s downtown area.The New Dynasty Restaurant
This is the most elegant chinese food restaurant in all of Calgary, serving gourmet dishes at fair prices. They offer an All-You-Can-Eat buffet, a relaxed dining area for eating in and pick up/delivery services.San Remo Ristorante
This restaurant’s main practice is to make inventive italian cuisine and combine it with a modern, intimiate atmosphere. There are plenty of delicious entrees to choose from and three locations in Calgary to serve you.Ed’s Restaurant
Ed’s has been a landmark in Calgary since 1984, they are best known for their buffalo and New York style chicken wings, but AAA Alberta beef has made its way on to the menu and is becoming a fast favorite.
For a list of all Calgary Restaurants click here.SPORTSCalgary is home to two major sports teams, the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL and the Calgary Flames of the NHL. The Stampeders have won the Canadian Football League’s Grey Cup a total of 6 times, with their most recent win coming in 2008. The Flames have won the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup only once, that win was during the 1988-89 season.